How often do you take your mealtime insulin after you eat?
Total votes: 27
How often do you take your mealtime insulin after you eat?Poll dates: July 19 - 26, 2017
Total Votes: 27
Today's rapid acting insulin analogs still take some time to begin lowering blood glucose levels. This means that pre-meal boluses, whether through an insulin pump or injection, should be taken before the meal to help prevent post-meal highs. But how often do our readers inject before a meal? Not as often as the science suggests they should.
A study from 2010 entitled "Timing of meal insulin boluses to achieve optimal postprandial glycemic control in patients with type 1 diabetes," by Erin Cobry, Kim McFann, Laurel Messer, Victoria Gage, Brandon VanderWel, Lauren Horton, and H. Peter Chase, clearly demonstrated the importance of taking insulin before the meal -- in fact, 20 minutes before the meal.
Key graph from the study looking at when to take a meal time insulin injection
The study conclusion is clear: "A bolus of rapid-acting insulin 20 minutes prior to a meal results in significantly better postprandial glucose control than when the meal insulin bolus is given just prior to the meal or 20 minutes after meal initiation."
Last Updated: Wednesday July 26, 2017 19:10:36
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